VVT Sensor 2000 Celica
Hey new to forums, my girlfriend has a 2000 Celica 1.8cyl 5 speed that had a new rebuilt motor put in. After the new motor has been put in it is giving off the trouble code for bad VVT (Variable Valve Timing Sensor).
I have been looking through the Chiltons and can't find anything about this sensor and where it is located. I was doing some research on it and it seems like it works much like Honda's VTEC system.
Around 4000-4500RPMS i guess when this sensor kicks in the motor will start to knock. To get it to stop knocking it has to sit over night and have the computer cleared.
Any information would be appreciated on getting this going.
Things I know to check or want more info about:
1.) Where do I find this sensor? I figure it is located close to the camshaft or the crank if it reads off RPMs. Any pictures what this thing looks like?
2.) Where can I buy a VVT sensor? O Reilly's, Advanced, Auto Zone, don't carry it, is this going to be a dealership only item? I have a feeling it might be a different year sensor, but they sent back the original motor already and I couldn't pull that one to compare.
3.) ECU Voltage off the leads in the Chilton manual where not putting off anything voltage. I was starting to think bad ECU, but it was working fine before replacing the motor. I would think it is odd, that part of the ECU would stop functioning. I saw some for sale on ebay for $125.
4.) Any steps or anything I should take notice in replacing the ECU or the VVT sensor?
Thanks ahead of time.
Also if there is any additional information that would be good to read that you could point me to it would be appreciated. I have been an American car enthusiast and have never stepped into the Foreign realm. I notice these cars have a very high rpm rate for what I would consider normal to me. 65 Mph and 3000 RPMS seems to me. and close to 4000RPMs at 85Mph I'm use to cruising at 1500RPMs to 2500RPMs at those speeds. =D
Not bashing the Foreign realm, just looking for more to read and learn something about them. Seems like Toyota puts out several nice cars.